Listed below are some commonly asked questions we hear from our patients. Click on the question to see the answer. If you have a more specific enquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
I have severe tooth ache, can I be seen straight away?
Our dentist at Prevent Dental Suite will try their best to see patients on the same day if they have a dental emergency. However if you have a small problem visit us before it becomes more painful and serious.
For more information, visit our emergency care page for toothache or dental pain.
Can I claim straight away after the treatment?
Yes we have Hicaps so bring your dental fund card to your appointment and we can claim for you on the spot and you only have to pay the gap.
What is the gap?
There are many different health funds and many different levels of dental cover so we don’t know the exact refund you will get from your fund. However we are very happy to give you the item numbers so you can check the gap with your dental insurer. With HCF your regular check up and scale and clean appointments are 100% covered.
How much will it cost for my treatment?
It’s very hard to quote over the phone without the dentist seeing exactly what your dental needs are but once you’re here we can give you a quote before we start. The dentist can usually give you a couple of treatment options for you to think about. If you are in a health fund we can give you the item numbers so you can ask your fund what rebate you will get for your treatment.
How regularly should I visit a dentist?
Generally, the consensus amongst dentists is that a reasonable period for routine dental examination and maintenance is 6 months.
The idea of regular check ups is to identify any dental diseases before they require significant treatment. Prevention is much, much better than cure!
It is also now recognised that oral health can have an influence on general health.
For more details, go to our dental check-up and clean page.
I’m pregnant. Should I still see my dentist?
In pregnancy, because of changes in hormone levels, there is increased blood flow to the periodontal tissues(gums). This can result in an increase in inflammation of periodontal tissues in some circumstances. It is therefore good practice to pay particular attention to oral hygiene in pregnancy, including visiting your dentist for dental examination and routine cleaning. Ideally, dental treatment is carried out before conception or after the first trimester (12weeks).
Do bad teeth lead to bad general health?
There is significant research being undertaken which suggests that there is a link between periodontal disease (gum disease) and heart disease. It is proposed that local periodontal inflammation can result in a wider immune response in the body which leads to a response in the lining of arteries facilitating atherosclerosis and heart disease.
What causes dental cavities and how can I prevent it?
Dental decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth make acid which then dissolves the tooth. Bacteria only produce this acid when they are exposed to sugar. If you have a sensible diet, a good flow of saliva, a cleaning routine and your teeth get an appropriate fluoride exposure, you are unlikely to get decay. So, you can prevent decay by:
- Being careful with how often you eat sugary foods or have sugary drinks.
- Brushing and flossing your teeth carefully to reduce the amount of bacteria on their surfaces.
- Using fluoride toothpaste. This will make the surfaces of teeth more resistant to acid. The fluoride in our water supply strengthens the developing teeth of infants and children.
What is the best way to whiten the teeth?
There are many excellent ways to whiten the teeth and all have advantages and disadvantages. Since each case is different there is no one best way.
When staining is present on the surface, the dentist can professionally clean the teeth, often producing a fresher, whiter appearance.
On the other hand, when staining is actually in the tooth, below the surface, there are a number of ways to whiten the teeth. Sometimes simply replacing old, worn out fillings that are failing at the edges can produce better looking front teeth. Alternatively, when the enamel is heavily stained, crowns or facings may be the best option. The dentists have access to continuing education in the latest dental techniques and they can give advice as to the best choices for you.
Learn more about professional dental whitening. Go to our teeth whitening page.
Why does the dentist need to take an X-ray for an extraction?
Your dentist is required by law to take and x-ray before a dental extraction. The x-ray helps the dentist to show where the nerves are to avoid lone term numbness, if your tooth has curved roots, and infections. If a dentist doesn’t take an x-ray there is a possibility of multiple complications which could have been avoided.
Will my tooth become better after a cracked tooth?
Unlike fractures elsewhere in the body, this crack will never heal. There is a small chance that the crack will get worse even with a crown placed. This may lead to the need for root canal treatment, or even removal of the tooth. However, many cracks can be fixed without root canal or tooth removal.
Why are crowns more expensive than fillings?
A crown is more complicated than a filling. Laboratory fees are incurred in its preparation and the materials used are more expensive than normal filling materials. Two or three visits are usually required for the dentist to reduce the size of the existing tooth, make a mould, fit a temporary crown and finally adhere the permanent crown in place.
What should I do in a dental emergency?
A toothache is always a sign that you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. In the mean time you can take pain killers if necessary, if you cannot get to a dentist see your GP for antibiotics, but before you finish your antibiotic course see a dentist because antibiotics can only stop the infection for few days, if its not treated in time the infection becomes more aggressive.
Knocked out tooth:
If dirty, rinse tooth in milk holding it by the crown (not roots). If not available use water (few seconds only), then put the tooth back in the socket. If the tooth cannot be replanted, wrap in Glad Wrap or place it in milk. Go to a dentist within 30 minutes if you can. Time is critical for successful replanting.
Try to clean debris from the injured area with warm water. If caused by a blow, place a cold compress on the face next to the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Go to the dentist as soon as possible.
My gums bleed frequently , Is that normal?
No. Healthy gums do not bleed. Bleeding gums indicate that the gums are inflamed. The inflammation is generally a response to the bacteria on the surface of the teeth. This inflammation of the gums is called as Gingivitis. The bleeding may also arise from traumatic cleaning. Bleeding gums are sometimes associated with serious medical conditions.
A Dentist should check bleeding gums.
For more information, please go to our dental emergency page.
Do my wisdom teeth (third molar) needs to be removed?
It is common for the wisdom teeth to erupt in a way that is not ideal or partially erupt due to lack of space and some times they are misaligned. People often have pain with these wisdom teeth as they become difficult to clean due to incomplete eruption, resulting in food packing, gum disease or tooth decay.
However, not all the people have this teeth, and for those who do, not every body requires their wisdom teeth to be removed. It is best to have these teeth checked for early detection and management.
For further details, visit our wisdom teeth removal page.
Can there be problems with extraction of my wisdom teeth?
Yes, as with any minor or major surgery, bleeding, swelling, post-operative pain, bruising and infection may occur. Other complications include difficulty in mouth opening due to swelling and sore lips.
There is a risk of nerve damage that may cause temporary or permanent numbness of the lower lip and tongue associated with the extraction of lower wisdom teeth.
Discuss the above risks and consequences of wisdom teeth extraction with your dentist at Prevent Dental Suite before having your wisdom teeth out.